For the Law of the Powerful over the Weak

February 28, 2013 § Leave a comment

Gunfire, torture until death, rape on a mass scale, artillery, aerial bombardment, targetting of hospitals, bakeries and petrol lines, and now scud missiles. A boy in Aleppo describes the effects of the latter.

A legend in inception

February 22, 2013 § Leave a comment

Here’s a wonderful 21 year old recording of Rage Against the Machine. By the end of the decade they were already a legend, and retired. Tom Morello, the guitarist, has since founded Audioslave, which became a rock legend in its own right, and Nightwatchman, his solo act. But two decades on, political art has yet to be bettered.

Royal Bodies

February 20, 2013 § 1 Comment

Here’s the lecture by two-time Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel that’s causing all the controversy. For the full text, visit London Review of Books.

Seize the Time: The Eighth Defendant

February 19, 2013 § Leave a comment

Black Panther founder Bobby Seale is raising money for a biographical film which will tell the story of his life, the Panthers, and the wider anti-racism struggle in America in the 60s and 70s. It sounds like a very worthwhile project. Full details, and how to donate, can be found here.

Syria’s Peace: What, How, When?

February 15, 2013 § Leave a comment

Fawaz Gerges and Rosemary Hollis in conversation with Pulse editor Robin Yassin-Kassab.

Going Against The Grain

February 13, 2013 § Leave a comment

Al Jazeera World on the great Gideon Levy.

Gideon Levy is someone who evokes strong emotions from fellow Israelis. The writer and journalist has made weekly visits, over the past three decades, to the occupied Palestinian territories, describing what he sees – plainly and without propaganda. For some Israelis, he is seen as a brave disseminator of the truth. But many others condemn him as a propagandist for Hamas. And his columns for the Tel Aviv-based Haaretz newspaper have made him, arguably, one of the most hated men in Israel. Going Against The Grain follows Gideon Levy on one of his assignments in Hebron, and meets some of the ordinary Palestinians whose lives he has described in his regular column for Haaretz.

Saturday Night Live does the Hagel Hearings

February 12, 2013 § Leave a comment

For some reason, SNL did not broadcast this.

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